22 June 1974
2004–present (Lead actress)
She received the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress for her performances in the films Surya Vamsam and Bharathi and a Special Award for Kadhal Kottai. She was the leading actress from 1996 to 2003 in Tamil . She has also appeared in other commercially successful films, including Aanandham,Friends and Ninaithen Vandhai as well as in the Sun TV's huge successful serial Kolangal and Muthaaram.
Devayani was born as Sushma Jayadev, in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Her father Jayadev is from Mangalore, Karnataka and mother Lakshmi Ammal is from Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu. She has two younger brothers Nakul and Mayur. The former is working as an actor and singer in the Tamil film industry, while the latter would also make his acting debut in an upcoming film.
She dated director Rajakumaran, with whom she had worked on a few films for several years. Both their parents did not approve of their relationship, which led the couple to elope, and marry privately on 9 April 2001. They have two daughters, Iniya and Priyanka. Currently, she is teaching at Church Park School at Anna Salai, Chennai for class four students.
Devayani began her career as Koyal in the Hindi film Koyal, which was later cancelled during its production stage. She appeared in a Bengali film Shaat Ponchomi.She also acted in a Marathi film before debuting and rising to fame in Tamil cinema. Her earliest films were released in the early and middle 90's including Kadhal Kottai.
From 1996 to 2000, Devyani acted as heroine in over 35 films and acted alongside all the top actors such as Kamal Hassan (Thenali, Panchathantiram), Prashanth (Appu), Ajith (Kadhal Kottai), Vijay (Friends,Ninaithen Vandhai) , Vikram (Vinnukkum Mannukkum), Sarath Kumar (Suryavamsam), Parthiban (Azhagi). She moved into supporting roles in Thenali though she still acted commercially until 2004–2005.
Devayani began acting in the teleserial Kolangal as Abinaya, which has had over 1500 episodes on Sun Television. It was later dubbed into Malayalam also in the same name on Surya TV. She has completed a Teacher Training course and is now a teacher at Church Park Convent, Chennai. Currently, she is judging a popular reality show on Mazhavil Manorama titled Ugram Ujwalam. She has acted in some advertisements also.
|Shaat Ponchomi||-||Bengali||Credited as Sushma|
|Dhusar Godhuli||Moulika||Bengali||Credited as Koel (with Prosenjit Chatterjee)|
|Dil Ka Doctor||Dolly||Hindi||Credited as Koyal|
|Achan Rajavu Appan Jethavu||Alice||Malayalam|
|Three Men Army||Shubha||Malayalam|
|Kakkakum Poochakkum Kalyanam||Latha .S.Pillai||Malayalam|
|Chhota Sa Ghar||Vidya||Hindi||Credited as Koyal|
|Kaadhal Kottai||Kamali||Tamil||Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize|
Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
|Kinnam Katta Kallan||Anju||Malayalam|
|Kaathil Oru Kinnaram||Megha||Malayalam|
|Periya Idathu Mappillai||Lakshmi||Tamil|
|Surya Vamsam||Nandhini||Tamil||Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress|
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
|Ninaithen Vandhai||Savithri||Tamil||Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil|
|Senthooram||Otta Rosa (Megala)||Tamil|
|Unakkum Enakkum Kalyanam||-||Tamil|
|En Uyir Nee Thaane||Janaki||Tamil|
|Nee Varuvai Ena||Nandhini||Tamil|
|Nilave Mugam Kaattu||Kasthuri||Tamil|
|Bharathi||Chellamal Bharathi||Tamil||Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress |
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
|En Purushan Kuzhandhai Maathiri||Maheswari||Tamil|
|Aanandham||Bharathi||Tamil||Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil|
|Sundara Purushan||Jyothika Menon||Malayalam|
|Azhagi||Valarmathi Shanmugham||Tamil||Winner, ITFA Best Supporting Actress Award|
|Padai Veetu Amman||Samundi||Tamil|
|Chennakeshava Reddy||Chennakesava Reddy's Sister||Telugu|
|2010||Oru Naal Varum||Rajalekshmi||Malayalam|
|2016||Janatha Garage||Prabha Sathyam||Telugu|
|2017||My School||Mahalakshmi teacher||Malayalam|
|2018||Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava||Suguna||Telugu|
|2019||N.T.R: Kathanayakudu||Akkineni Annapurna||Telugu|
|2007–08||Manjal Magimai||Soundarya/Neeraja||Tamil||Kalaignar TV|
|2010–11||Kodi Mullai||Malar||Tamil||Raj TV|
|2011–13||Muthaaram||Ranjini Devi / Sivaranjini||Tamil||Sun TV|
|2015–2016||Ugram Ujjwalam season 2||Judge||Malayalam||Mazhavil Manorama|
|2016–2017||Jodi Number One||Judge||Tamil||Vijay TV|
- 1996 – Tamil Nadu State Film Special Award for Best Actress – Kaadhal Kottai
- 1997 – Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress – Surya Vamsam
- 2000 – Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress – Bharathi
- 2000 – Kalaimamani
- 2002 – ITFA Award for Best Supporting Actress – Azhagi
- 2004 – Pace Awards Best Television Actress for Kolangal
- 2008 – Frontrunner – Vivel Chinna Thirai Awards Best Actress for Kolangal
- 2010 – Nominated – Sun Kudumbam Best Actress Award for Kolangal
- 2010 – Kalaimamani
- 2011 – Big FM Tamil Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Television Actress for Kodi Mullai
- Devayani biography
- Big Day for Devayani
- I never gave her a gift: Nakul – The Times of India
- I want to earn a good name: Nakul – The Times of India
- The Hindu : Tinsel to TV
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- Tamil Movies Online ::::: News Archived 11 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- Taking care of children, my first priority: Devayani | StarTrack – Movies – ChennaiOnline
- The Hindu : Cinema Plus / Columns : My first break – Devayani
- "Tamilnadu Government Cinema Awards". Dinakaran. Archived from the original on 3 February 1999. Retrieved 11 August 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- "Tamilnadu Government Cinema Awards". Dinakaran. Archived from the original on 3 February 1999. Retrieved 11 August 2009.
- "Tamil Nadu announces film awards for three years". indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 19 October 2009.
- Kalaimamani Awards Announced
- Devayani, Venu Aravind get awards
- Winners List of Vivel Chinna Thirai Awards 2008
- Kalaimamani Award Winners Gallery Archived 7 April 2013 at Archive.today